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Boudewijn Chabot, Dutch psychiatrist who extensively studied and published on self directed dying, has opened a website, where one can find information on "Taking Control of your Death", including the possibility to order books and DVD's non the subject, considering three methods: medication, stopping eating and drinking, and helium.
King Philippe signed the law which aims to extend the legal framework allowing euthanasia, under certain conditions, to minors. A psychologist will have to ascertain the capacity of discernment of the minor. Only terminally ill minors facing unbearable and hopeless physical suffering can - supervised by a medical team - and with parental consent only, benefit from this new law, if they ask for the termination of their life. Belgium is the first country to
Le Roi Philippe a signé la loi qui vise à étendre le cadre légal autorisant l’euthanasie, dans certaines conditions, aux mineurs d’âge dont un psychologue aura reconnu la capacité de discernement. Seuls les mineurs faisant face à des souffrances physiques insupportables et inapaisables, en phase terminale, pourront, encadrés par une équipe médicale, et moyennant l’accord parental, bénéficier de l’euthanasie qu’ils auront sollicitée. La Belgique est le premier pays
Volker Kauder (CDU) has announced his plan to propose a new Assisted Dying Bill in the fall of this year. This new Bill will further restrict the possibilities for legal assistance with suicide (now legal in Germany!) by explicitly make not only assistance "with profit", but also assistance by a RtD organisation ilegal. Under the leadership of lawyer (and Bundestagabgeordente) Ingrid Matthäus-Mayer a coalition to oppose this initiative has formed with the following
Wie bereits angekündigt, wurde ein Bündnis humanistischer Organisationen auf den Weg gebracht. Unter Federführung der Bundestagsabgeordenten a.D. Ingrid Matthäus-Mayer haben die Bemühungen dazu erheblich an Tempo gewonnen. Zwischenzeitlich hat Unionsfraktionschef Volker Kauder (CDU) erstmals einen konkreten Zeitplan für ein neues Sterbehilfegesetzes genannt. Danach soll es schon im Herbst verabschiedet werden. Mit dem Gesetz soll nicht nur die auf Gewinn ausgerichtete Beihilfe zum Suizid, sondern jegliche organisierte Form der Beihilfe zur Selbsttötung verboten werden.
The UK Telegraph (John Bingham and James Kirkup) reported: "the legislation of assisted suicide has moved a significant step close after the government made clear that it would not stand in way change law.Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs and peers – including Coalition ministers – will be given a free vote on a Bill that would enable doctors to help terminally ill patients to die. The proposed legislation will come before Parliament in the next few months."
Libera Uscita, Italy, published its newsletter Il Punto nr 116, February 2014 (Italian only). Read it here.
Libera Uscita, Italia, pubblicato il bollettino Il Punto nr 11,Febbraio 2014. Leggi qui.
Melissa Barber of Death with Dignity National Center reported on the developments in the USA: the debate over end-of-life healthcare policy reform is heating up in the North-east. Much of this is tied to the increased awareness and understanding of Death with Dignity laws resulting from the recent near victory in Massachusetts and last year's historic achievement in Vermont.
Melissa Barber keeps track on these new bills
Update from DWD Canada:
No Vote Before Two Week Recess
Quebec stumbles right at the finish line.
It was all going so very well….until it wasn’t. Quebec was poised on the threshold of a historic moment: the introduction of Bill 52. A Bill which, when passed, would for the first time in history allow Canadians to legally request medical aid in dying. A Bill which asked for better access to Palliative Care. In other words, a Bill which would provide end-of-life choice.